Motion ref. S6M-00424
Pay Justice for Serco Caledonian Sleeper Workers
Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Submitting member has a registered interest.
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Monica Lennon, Pauline McNeill, Carol Mochan, Paul O'Kane, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
That the Parliament commends what it sees as the essential role played by Serco Caledonian Sleeper workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that rail services on the route could continue to run; understands that workers employed by Serco Caledonian Sleeper have been subjected to a pay freeze for 2021-22; is concerned that a pay freeze fails to take into account the vital role played by these workers during the pandemic, and the rise in the cost of living; believes that all workers on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper deserve a fair pay award for 2021-22; further understands that under the terms of its Emergency Measures Agreements (EMA) with the Scottish Government, Serco Caledonian Sleeper is able to receive performance and management fees; believes that, as the Scottish Government is managing the franchise via the EMA, only it has the ability to resolve the dispute, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government to intervene as a matter of urgency and commit itself and Serco Caledonian Sleeper to meaningful talks with the RMT, with the purpose of reaching a fair resolution to this dispute.